With older Americans being most at risk from the COVID-19 coronavirus, the response to the pandemic is highlighting issues of ageism in the United States. According to experts, ageism is evident both in the response to the virus and the lack of protective equipment allocated to nursing homes.
Experts on aging assert that the medical field, politicians, and the public may have acted quicker and taken the coronavirus more seriously if the perception had been that it primarily affected younger Americans. In an article in the Washington Post, Syracuse law professor Nina Kohn argues that the “devaluation of older lives” has caused more older Americans to die than necessary.
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